Arts on Line Education Update September 28, 2015

Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Arts on Line Education Update
September 28, 2015
Joan Platz



131st General Assembly: The Ohio House and Senate will hold committee meetings and sessions this week.  The House and Senate education committees will not meet this week.

The Ohio House and Senate might finally take action this week on Am. HB2 (Dovilla/Roegner) Charter School Sponsorship. The House originally passed the bill on March 26, 2015, but, after the Senate amended the bill on June 25, 2015, House leadership took no action on HB2 before adjourning for the summer.  The Senate amendment increased accountability requirements for charter school sponsors and management companies.

The House could decide this week to pass the bill, but because of pressure from certain segments of the charter school industry, the House and Senate are expected to send the bill to a conference committee.

Bills Introduced Last Week:

  • HB337 (Clyde) Ohio Voter Registration Day:   To designate the fourth Tuesday of September as Ohio Voter Registration Day.


Speaker John Boehner Announced His Resignation: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Republican from West Chester, OH, announced on September 25, 2015 his resignation from Congress on October 30, 2015.  Representative Boehner has served the 8th U.S. House District in Ohio since 1991, and has served three terms as Speaker of the House.

The surprise announcement came as the House Speaker sought a way to avoid a government shutdown on October 1, 2015 against mounting pressure from the conservative members of the Republican Caucus to attach a controversial provision to defund Planned Parenthood to a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through December 11, 2015.  With this leadership challenged, the Speaker decided to retire because the “….prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable harm to the institution.”

Governor Kasich is required by law to call a special election for the 8th U.S. House District to fill the vacancy.


See “John Boehner, House Speaker, Will Resign From Congress”, by Jennifer Steinhauer, The New York Times, September 25, 2015 at


Governor Fills One SBE Seat, with One More to Go: Governor Kasich quickly appointed Frank E. Pettigrew, Jr. to the State Board of Education, replacing Dr. Mark Smith who resigned two weeks ago.  The “at-large” appointment expires December 31, 2016.  Dr. Pettigrew is the former provost and dean of the college of education at Ashland University, and has also worked at Kent State University, the University of Idaho, and Northwestern University.

The State Board of Education includes eleven elected and eight “at-large” members appointed by the governor.  The members serve terms of four years, and are limited to two terms.

Governor Kasich has yet to announce a replacement for Robert Hagen, who resigned from the Board as representative of the 8th State Board District in July 2015.

See “Kasich appoints ex-university provost to state education board, “ by Randy Ludlow, The Columbus Dispatch, September 24, 2015 at



Congress to Vote Next Week on Spending Fix: The U.S. Senate and House voted last week on continuing resolutions to fund the government through December 11, 2015 and avoid a government shutdown on October 1, 2015, which is the start of the 2016 fiscal year.  Both resolutions included provisions to defund Planned Parenthood.

The Senate defeated its resolution by a vote of 47 to 52, while the House approved its measure.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell then introduced a bipartisan spending bill in the Senate without the Planned Parenthood provision.  The bill is expected to clear the Senate this week.

Since the House-passed bill is not likely to be approved by the Senate, where the Democrats can block it with a filibuster, and since President Obama has already said that he would veto such a bill, the House is expected to vote this week on the Senate continuing resolution, without the Planned Parenthood provision.  Stay tuned!

See “Senate Vote To Keep Government Funded Fails As Shutdown Nears,” NPR, September 24, 2015 at

See “McConnell offers bipartisan stopgap spending bill after bid to punish Planned Parenthood fails,” by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press, for U.S. News and World Report, September 24, 2015 at

See “House votes to defund Planned Parenthood, shutdown looms,” by Irin Carmon, MSNBC, September 18, 2015 at


Impact of Speaker Boehner’s Resignation on ESEA: Lyndsey Layton of The Washington Post writes that House Speaker Boehner’s resignation could affect efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  The House and Senate have both approved versions of the bill.  The Student Success Act in the House and the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 in the Senate.  But the House bill barely passed because of conservative Republican opposition.  To maneuver a conference committee bill through the House now would take a tremendous amount of leadership and trust, which a new House Speaker will need time to rebuild.

See “The Boehner Effect and No Child Left Behind,” by Lyndsey Layton, The Washington Post, September 25, 2015 at


Florida Superintendents Lose Confidence in State’s Accountability System: The Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) issued a statement on September 25, 2015 voicing their lack of confidence in Florida’s state accountability system for schools.

According to the statement, the FADSS have consistently defended and supported the Florida Standards, accountability system, and the need to accurately measure student achievement.  But the recent validity study of the administration of the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) conducted by Alpine, entitled Independent Verification of the Psychometric Validity for the Florida Standards Assessment, raised serious questions about the “normal rigor and standardization expected with a high-stakes assessment program like the FSA.” (Page 11 of the study.)

The Superintendents recommend that Florida policy makers suspend any application of the results from the spring 2015 administration of the FSA to students, teachers and schools; reject the concept that the standards set for the FSA mirror the levels of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP); and conduct an extensive review of the multiple changes that have been implemented in the accountability system over the past years.

See the statement at


Bill Introduced to Fund Perkins Grants: The U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee, chaired by Representative John Kline, reported on September 24, 2015 that a bill was introduced in the U.S. House to extend for one year the Perkins Loan Program.

Representatives Mike Bishop (R-MI) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced a bipartisan proposal, the Higher Education Extension Act of 2015 (H.R. 3594), to extend the program, which is part of the Higher Education Act, which expires on September 30, 2015.

As lawmakers continue efforts to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, there is fear that some programs, such as the Perkins Loan Program, might be defunded and students might lose their loans.  The Federal Perkins Loan Program is the oldest federal student loan program in the United States, and provides participating colleges and universities with federal funds to loan to students. The bipartisan bill would extend the program through FY2016, and would also allow students who received a Perkins loan during the 2015-2016 academic year, and who remain in the same academic program, to be eligible to receive those funds through March 31, 2018.

The bill’s future is uncertain, however, because a similar bill to extend the program has not been introduced in the U.S. Senate.



Teachers’ Strike in Seattle Ends:  The Washington Post reports that the Seattle Education Association representing the teachers in the Seattle Public Schools approved on September 20, 2015 a new contract with the Seattle School Board, ending a week-long strike.  The new contract gives teachers more flexibility about testing students; supports a guaranteed recess for all elementary students; lowers special-education student-teacher ratios; limits caseloads for specialists; and increases teachers’ pay and cost of living adjustments.  The contract also eliminates using test score results to evaluate teachers.

See “The surprising things Seattle teachers won for students by striking, by Valerie Strauss, The Washington Post, September 25, 2015 at



Gaps in Student Achievement Persist: The National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released on September 22, 2015 a new report about achievement gaps between Black and White, and Hispanic and White students, using data from the 2011 NAEP results in 8th grade math and common core data for 2010-11.  The report focuses on the relationship between the demographic makeup of public schools and achievement gaps, as concerns increase about the growing resegregation of public schools.

According to the report, “A better understanding of the current state of the Black– White achievement gap is needed because the Black–White achievement gap remains large (NCES 2011) and by some measures U.S. schools were as segregated in the 2000s as they were in the late 1960s (Orfield 2006).”

The report found that, on average, White students attended schools that were 9 percent Black while Black students attended schools that were 48 percent Black. An analysis of the relationship between the percentage of students in a school who were Black and achievement showed that achievement for both Black and White students was lower in the highest Black student density schools than in the lowest density schools.  But when adjusted for socio-economic and other student-teacher-school characteristics:

-”White student achievement in schools with the highest Black student density did not differ from White student achievement in schools with the lowest density.”

-”For Black students overall, and Black males in particular, achievement was still lower in the highest density schools than in the lowest density schools.”

-”The Black–White achievement gap was larger in the highest density schools than in the lowest density schools.”

-”Conducting analysis by gender, the Black–White achievement gap was larger in the highest density schools than in the lowest density schools for males but not for females.”

The report provides more information about achievement gaps among students, and can inform policy-makers who are making decisions about the equitable distribution of key education resources, such as effective teachers, across schools and within individual schools, to reduce achievement gaps.

See “School Composition and the Black-White Achievement Gap”, U.S. Department of Education, IES, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress, NCES 2015-018 at


Report Analyzes Pell Grant Graduation Rates: The Education Trust released on September 24, 2015 a new study about the graduation rates of Pell grant recipients entitled The Pell Partnership: Ensuring a Shared Responsibility for Low-Income Student Success by Andrew Nichols. The year-long study examined the graduation rates at 1,149 four-year public and private nonprofit schools based on data from state higher education systems, individual colleges, U.S. News and World Report, and IPEDS.

The U.S. Department of Education allocated $31.5 billion in 2013-14 for Pell grants, which pay up to $5,775 per year for students from families earning less than $40,000 per year to attend college.

The study found that the six-year graduation rate for Pell recipients is 51 percent compared to 65 percent for non-Pell graduates. But, according to the author, Pell students are twice as likely as their peers to enroll in colleges with low graduation rates, which could contribute to the lower graduation rate for the Pell grant students.  When these institutions with low graduation rates for all students are eliminated from the sample, the average graduation gap between Pell and non-Pell recipients is 5.7 percentage points at the institutional level.

The study also found that the graduation rates between Pell and non-Pell students varied greatly among institutions of higher education.  Some 22 percent of institutions had no gap between Pell and non-Pell students, while 20 percent had a gap of at least 12 percent.

According to the study, “Closing the national gap requires both changes in outcomes and access. Colleges with large gaps need to do more to ensure low-income student success, and more selective institutions should open their doors to more Pell students.”

See The Pell Partnership: Ensuring a Shared Responsibility for Low-Income Student Success by Andrew Howard Nichols, The Education Trust, September 24, 2015 at


The State Board of Education, Tom Gunlock President, approved the following resolutions at its business meeting on September 15, 2015:

  • #4 Approved a Resolution of Intent to Adopt Rule 3301-16-05 of the Administrative Code Entitled “Additional Assessment Options for Students Required to Pass the Ohio Graduation Tests.”
  • #5 Approved a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-24-12 of the Administrative Code Entitled “Alternative Superintendent License”, and to Amend Rule 3301-24-13 of the Administrative Code Entitled “Alternative Administrative Specialist License and Relinquishment of License or Teaching Field.”
  • #5A Approved a Resolution to Amend Rule 3301-28-04 Performance Indicators.
  • #6 Approved a Resolution to Re-file Rules 3301-28-08, 3301-28-09, and 3301-28-10 of the Administrative Code Regarding the Calculation of Report Card Components and Overall Report Card Grades.
  • #7 Approved a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-35-01 of the Administrative Code Entitled “Purpose and Definitions”.  This provision revises the definition of “credit flexibility”, due to a change in law (HB64-Smith Biennial Budget) that allows seventh and eighth grade students to participate in the program.
  • #8 Approved a Resolution of Intent to Amend Rule 3301-102-12 of the Administrative Code Entitled “Standards for Awarding an Overall Report Card Designation to Dropout Prevention and Recovery Community Schools.”
  • #22 Approved a Resolution to Rescind Rule 3301-56-01 of the Administrative Code Entitled “School District and Building Improvement Planning, Parent Notification, and Intervention” and to Adopt Proposed New Rule 3301-56-01 Entitled “School District and Building Improvement, Support, and Intervention.”
  • #23 Approved a Resolution Amending Report Card Timeline for Career Technical Planning Districts Pursuant to R.C. 3301.033.
  • #24 Approved a Resolution to Adopt Adjusted Qualifying Scores for Two Ohio Assessments for Educators Licensing Exams.
  • #25 Approved a Resolution to Establish Workkeys Job Skills Assessment Scores.
  • #26 Approved an Amended Resolution to Adopt Performance Levels for State Assessments, with Emergency Consideration.  The amendment was necessary to align with changes that Pearson recently made in the cut scores for the 2014-15 PARCC exams.  State Board members Sarah Fowler, Ann Jacobs, Kathleen McGervey, and A.J. Wagner opposed the amendment.
  • #27 Approved a Resolution Regarding Student’s Right to Participate in the College Credit Plus Program Pursuant to R.C. 3365.03(A)(1)(A) – Cedar Cliff Local School District.
  • #28 Approved a Resolution Regarding the Negative Impact on Students Based on the Legalization of Marijuana.
  • #29 Tabled a Resolution to Reinstate Membership in the National Association of State Boards of Education.
  • #30 Tabled a Resolution to Require the Study of the Ohio Department of Education Office of Quality School Choice and Its Practices Concerning the Oversight of Charter Schools. The resolution was proposed by A.J. Wagner.  The vote was 11 to 7, but Mr. Wagner is contesting the vote, saying that Roberts Rules of Order were not followed by Board leadership.


Nominations Open for the Governor’s Awards in the Arts: The Ohio Arts Council recently opened nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio.  The Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, co-sponsor this annual event, which also includes the Arts Day Luncheon.

Nominations will be accepted in the following seven categories: Arts Administration, Arts Education, Arts Patron, Business Support of the Arts, Community Development and Participation, Individual Artist, and the Irma Lazarus Award.

New this year are changes in the Business Support of the Arts award category to recognize the diversity among Ohio’s business community. The business support category will now support two awards, one for a small business and one for a large business. In addition, nonprofit businesses are now applicable for nominations in this category.

The 2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio & Arts Day Luncheon will take place Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in downtown Columbus. Event details will be released in the coming months.

The Ohio Arts Council will accept nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio through October 16, 2015, at midnight. Support letters must also be submitted by this date. All submissions are accepted online.

For more information, please contact the OAC’s Public Information Office at or 614-728-4463.


Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Award: Nominations are now being accepted online for the The Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association 2016 Award.

The award has been presented annually since 1989 to a school board that has demonstrated support for and commitment to high-quality arts education in its school district. The winning school board receives $10,000 for arts education in its district, as well as national recognition at the NSBA’s annual conference. The deadline to apply is November 2, 2015.



Congratulations to Donald F. Santa-Emma on His Retirement!!!: The Ohio State Fair announced on September 22, 2015 the retirement of Donald F. Santa-Emma (Rocky River) from the All-Ohio State Fair Band after 42 years of service, including 17 years as band director. Mr. Santa-Emma made his last appearance as band director at the closing of the 2015 Ohio State Fair.

According to the announcement, Mr. Santa-Emma became involved with the All-Ohio State Fair Band in the summer of 1974 as an assistant director, and became a “….steady force as a leader within the All-Ohio State Fair Band. Whether serving in his previous roles as assistant director and administrative assistant, or during his tenure as director, his foremost focus was on the band members. He successfully sought to provide a high quality music experience for the members, all while working to create a welcoming and professional environment in which the members would grow as young citizens of Ohio.”

Mr. Santa-Emma graduated from Ohio State University and then earned a master’s degree from Austin Peay State University.  During his long and distinguished career he served as director of fine arts education for Cleveland Public Schools; president emeritus of the 1,000-member Cleveland Federation of Musicians (Local 4 of the American Federations of Musicians); and he continues to serve as music contractor for Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, America’s second-largest performing arts center.

He has also received numerous citations and awards, including the Distinguished Service Award for Music Education from OSU; the Industry Service Award from the Ohio Music Education Association; the Martha Holden Jennings Teacher/Leader Award; a Master Teacher Citation from Cleveland Public Schools; Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame inductee; and the West Technical High School Hall of Fame inductee.

The 200 member All-Ohio State Fair Band features high school student musicians from across Ohio, and has been an attraction of the Ohio State Fair since 1925.  Students are selected based on recommendations from local band directors and their musical ability.  Members of the All-Ohio State Fair Band arrive at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus just days before the Fair opens, and perform nearly 100 times during the 12-day Fair.

The Ohio State Fair expects to announce a new All-Ohio State Fair Band Director by December 1, 2015.



This update is written weekly by Joan Platz, Research and Knowledge Director for the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.  The purpose of the update is to keep arts education advocates informed about issues dealing with the arts, education, policy, research, and opportunities.  The distribution of this information is made possible through the generous support of the Ohio Music Education Association (,Ohio Art Education Association (, Ohio Educational Theatre Association (; OhioDance (, and theOhio Alliance for Arts Education (


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